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This is amma’s recipe and it used to be a favourite amongst all at home. It goes the best with hot idlis and dosas.

Ingredients:

Ripe tomatoes-5 -6

Mustard seeds-1 tea spoon

Fenugreek seeds-1 tea spoon

Turmeric powder-1-2 tea spoon

Red chilli powder-1-1 1/2 table spoon ( I made it real spicy, but the measurement totally depends on the taste buds)

Tamarind paste-2 tea spoon

Oil-1/4 cup

Salt

Method:

1.Finely chop the tomatoes.Set aside.

2.Heat a table spoon of oil in a cooking pan,splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and throw in the chopped tomatoes.Cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes become pulpy and mushy.

3.Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and tamarind paste, mix well and continue to cover and cook on a low-medium flame.

4.Check the consistency every5 -7 minutes and whenever the tomatoes mix was getting dry, add a little oil and mix well.Its better to add salt in the end as the mix would thicken in a period of time and adding salt in the beginning could ruin the taste

5.Add salt when the mix thickens to form a semi gravy consistency .Remove from stove and set aside to cool.Once cool, store in a air tight container.Lavish usage of oil helps retaining the mixture for a couple of days atleast.

Sangeetha of Kothiyavunnu has bestowed a couple of awards and can I be any happier than this? Thanks Sangeetha and you made my day.

Rules of the award:
1.You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2.Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3.Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4.Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5.Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6.Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7.Leave a comment in the nominated blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Since I have already done this earlier, am skipping it this time. Fellow partners, please take it up.And, thank you so much Sangeetha.

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Pav Bhaji

I am yet to see one who is not fond of this street food.Just the mention of the name has me salivating big time.We had one of our friend coming home for a game of carrom and I wanted to make these  chatpat pav bhaji.

Ingredients:

Onion-1 1/2

Butter-3 -4 table spoon

Tomato puree-2 cups

Potato-4

Capsicum-1

Carrot-1

Beans- a few

Green peas-1/4 cup

Cauliflower florets-1 cup

Ginger garlic paste-1 1/2 tea spoon

Cumin seeds- 1 tea spoon

Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon

Red chilli powder-2 tea spoon

Cumin powder-1 1/2 tea spoon

Corriander powder-1 tea spoon

A branded pav bhaji masala- 1-2 tea spoon

Salt

Lemon slices- a few

Chopped onion- for sides

Chopped cilantro-2table spoon

Pav ( kind of bread) slices- as many as you wish.I used the old fashioned dinner rolls

Butter- for toasting the pav

Method:

1.Finely chop onion, beans, carrots, capsicum and cauliflower florets.

2.Pressure cook the potatoes and peas giving it 2 whistles and set aside to cool.

3.Melt butter in a cooking pan,splutter cumin seeds and fry onions until light brown.

4.Add the ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell gives away

5.Add the chopped capsicum, carrot, beans one by one in that order and fry until cooked, but crisp and crunchy.

6.Add the cauliflower florets and green peas and continue to fry

7.Peel the potato skin and roughly mash the potatoes with hands  and drop them int he cooking pan

8.Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, corriander powder,chilli powder and mix until the masala powder coats the veggies.

9.Add the tomato puree and continue to cook the veggies and when the veggies are cooked half way through, use a masher to mash the veggies ( if not the veggies, atleast the potatoes).

10.When the tomato puree thickens along with the veggies, add pav bhaji masala, salt and continue to give it a light boil.

11.Switch off and remove from stove when the whole veggie gravy thickens slightly.

12.Heat a skillet and smear a lavish amount of butter and toast the pav slices.

13.Serve the pav slices and the bhaji with a side accompaniment of mixed chopped onion, cilantro and lemon wedges.

Bhaji serves: 4-5

Rohini of Curries and Spices had a few awards to share with me.Thanks Ro and its so sweet of you.

I am sure almost everyone of the blogger pals have received these awards and so, whoever has not received, kindly take it up.

This dish is off to “RCI-Mumbai” hosted by Kitchen Chronicles. RCI series is originally started by Veggie Cuisine.

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Ingredients:

Baby carrots-30 nos

Celery-2 sticks

Onion-1/2

Garlic-3 flakes

Ginger-a small piece

Cream-4 table spoon

Cumin powder-1 tea spoon

Olive oil-2 table spoon

Salt

Pepper

Water

Method:

1.Peel the skin of carrots and dice them. Dice celery.Pressure cook carrots and celery giving 2 whistles.Set aside to cool, once cooked.

2.Once cool, blend them to form a smooth puree.

3.Heat oil in a sauce pan. Grate garlic and ginger ands finely chop the onion.

4.Fry the ginger and garlic in the heated oil and then add the chopped onions and fry until light brown.

5.Pour the carrot celery puree and sprinkle salt, cumin powder and pepper and give it a slight boil.

6.Add water if necessary to get a desired soup like consistency.

7.Add the cream to the carrot celery mixture and mix well. Cook on a low flame for 5 minutes and switch off.

8.Serve hot with a bread of your choice.

carrot celery soupMakes: 4-5 servings

Just like its been raining at my place, its raining in my blog too.Sreevidya and Rohini have passed on some awards and a tag to go along. Thank you girlies.

Pheww..thats a lot!

Rules of the award:

* You must thank the person who has given you the award.
* Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
* Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
* Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
* Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
* Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
* Leave a comment in the nominated blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Now, I have done this tag quite some time back..hence skipping it this time. I guess, everyone around the blogosphere have already done this. So whoever has not, please take it up. Thanks Sreevidya and RO, I will treasure these.


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Malai Dhal

This is similar to dhal makhani, but sans the tomatoes and some spices. Just so easy to make.

Ingredients:

Black gram ( whole) -1 cup

Rajma / kidney beans ( optional)-1/2 cup

Garlic-7 flakes, cut into thin round pieces

Ginger-1 tea spoon

Chilli powder-1 1/2 tea spoon

Ghee-1 table spoon ( optional)

Fresh cream- 1/4 cup

Salt

Water-3-4 cups

For garnishing:

Green chillies-3 cut

Cumin seeds-1 tea spoon

Method:

1.Fry the garlic and ginger in ghee.Put the dhal in it.

2.Add water, chilli powder and salt and cook in a pressure cooker for 15-20 minutes after  3 whistles.

3.Remove the cooker lid and cook in a low flame for 20 more minutes.

4.Add cream and slightly cook for 2 more minutes.

5.Season with cumin seeds and green chillies fried in ghee and serve with lime.

malai dhalServes: 3-4

Sushma of “Authentic food delights” has passed on an award and a tag for me.Thanks dear.

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed on to 6 of your favourite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.Here is the meme part:

1. Where is your cell phone: coffee table

2. Your hair: Black

3. Your mother: “P”

4. Your father: “H”

5. Your favorite food: North Indian

6. Your dream last night: nothing

7. Your favorite drink: Paneer soda

8. Your dream/goal: restaurant owner

9. What room are you in: living room

10. Your hobby: blog hopping

11. Your fear: ghosts

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: anywhere

13. Where were you last night: at birthday party

14. Something you aren’t: egoistic

15. Muffins: banana nut

16. Wish list item: too many

17. Where did you grow up: Chennai & Trivandrum

18. Last thing you did: soak rice for making appam

19. What are you wearing: night pant, t shirt

20. Your TV: Off

21. Your pets: No

22. Your friends: quite a few

23. Your life: blessed

24. Your mood: normal

25. Missing someone: family

26. Vehicle: car

27. Something you’re not wearing: bangles

28. Your favorite store: oil & vineager

29. Your favorite color: Black and Blue

30. When was the last time you laughed: dont remember

31. Last time you cried: lets skip this one

32. Your best friend: “P”

33. One place that I go over and over: the grocery store

34. One person who emails me regularly: appa

35. Favorite place to eat: too many

I tag Jyoti, Somoo, Prathibha, Mye,Preethi,Lubna

Tag 6 people as you take this up


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Verkadalai Sundal

With Navarathri, How can I do away without a post on sundal? Sundal can best be described as a evening snack cooked with all kid of lentils, pulses, nuts or sprouts.Verkadalai sundal is one such snack made out of groundnuts/ peanuts. Navarathri is no fun if you dont hop over from house to house eating sundal. The thrill of eagerly waiting for that little pack of snack, sometimes given  in a newspaper or in a leaf cup, munching it on the way to home- been there, done all.I had the same thrill when I made this sundal.

Ingredients:

Peanuts- 2 cup

Grated coconut-1/2 cup

Onion-1

Carrot-1

Mustard seeds- 2 tea spoon

Urad dal-2 tea spoon

Curry leaves- a few

Green chillies-3

Oil- 3 table spoon

Chilli powder- 1 tea spoon

Lemon juice- 1 table spoon

Salt

Method:

1.Soak 2 cups of peanuts in water for 2 hours.Pressure cook the peanuts-giving it 4 whistles. Set aside.

2.Finely chop the onion, grate the carrot and slit the green chillies.

3.Heat oil in a wok, sputter the mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and green chillies.

4.Fry onions until pink and add in the grated carrot.When they are cooked enough,add the cooked peanuts.

5.Add chilli powder, salt and fry for a couple of minutes until the raw smell of the powder goes away.

6.Add grated coconut and season with lemon juice.

sundalServes:5

Sangii of “Simply declicious foods” has bestowed the Fabulous blog award on me.Thank you so much for the beautiful award.It means a lot to me.

Its my pleasure sharing it with Priya ,Pavithra, Sushma Mallya, and Angie. Take it up girls!

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The name caught my attention when Giada was talking about it in Food network.Once I saw the outcome and also how easy it was to make, I wanted to give it a shot. It came out so well.The colour is so eye catching.
Ingredients:
Pesto:
Forzen green peas, defrosted-1/2 cup
Garlic cloves-1
Grated Parmesan cheese-1/2 cup
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil-1/4 cup
Crostini:
Any fresh bread of your choice- I used sesame semolina bread.
Olive oil- for brushing
Cherry tomatoes- for decoration
Method:
1.In a blender, run the defrosted peas, salt, pepper, garlic cloves.Then add the parmesan cheese and olive oil and blend it into a smooth paste.Thats the pesto.
2.Slice the bread into 1/2 inch thick slices.Brush both the bread sides with olive oil and grill them until golden brown.I grilled them in a sandwich maker, alternatively can be done on a skillet on stove too.
3.Take a grilled bread, spread a spoon of prepared pesto on one side of the bread and top them with sliced cherry tomatoes.Serve immediately.

The name caught my attention when Giada was talking about it in Food network.Once I saw the outcome and also how easy it was to make, I wanted to give it a shot. It came out so well.The colour is so eye catching.

Ingredients:

Pesto:

Forzen green peas, defrosted-1/2 cup

Garlic cloves-1

Grated Parmesan cheese-1/2 cup

Salt

Pepper

Olive oil-1/4 cup

Crostini:

Any fresh bread of your choice- I used sesame semolina bread.

Olive oil- for brushing

Cherry tomatoes- for decoration

Method:

1.In a blender, run the defrosted peas, salt, pepper, garlic cloves.Then add the parmesan cheese and olive oil and blend it into a smooth paste.Thats the pesto.

2.Slice the bread into 1/2 inch thick slices.Brush both the bread sides with olive oil and grill them until golden brown.I grilled them in a sandwich maker, alternatively can be done on a skillet on stove too.

3.Take a grilled bread, spread a spoon of prepared pesto on one side of the bread and top them with sliced cherry tomatoes.Serve immediately.

pea pesto crostini

Serves:15 crostinis
Pari of Foodelicious has so generously given me some awards.All I can say is, I am super excited receiving the same and it is so nice of you tho pass them onto me.They will be my treasure always.
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Now, my turn to generously pass them onto Sadhana &Muskaan, Prathibha,Usha Nandini and Sweta.Girls, pick it up as soon as you can and have fun.

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Gobi Capsicum Fry

Ingredients:
Cauliflower-1(small)
Onion-1
Capsicum-1
Ginger garlic paste-1 tea spoon
Red chilli powder- 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon
Cumin powder- 1 tea spoon
Dhania powder-1 tea spoon
Garam masala-1 tea spoon
Oil-3 table spoon
Salt
Corriander leaves- for garnish
Method:
1.Cut the cauliflower into small florets .Microwave them for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
2.Finely chop onion, dice capsicum into medium sized pieces.
3.Heat oil in a kadai, fry onion until pink.Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
4.Add diced capsicum and continue to fry for a minute and add cauliflower florets.
5.Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder, cumin powder,garam masala and finally the salt and mix well.
6.Continue to saute or fry until the masala gives away the raw smell and the vegetables get cooked.
7.Garnish with corriander leaves and serve with rotis/ chappathis.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower-1(small)

Onion-1

Capsicum-1

Ginger garlic paste-1 tea spoon

Red chilli powder- 1 tea spoon

Turmeric powder-1 tea spoon

Cumin powder- 1 tea spoon

Dhania powder-1 tea spoon

Garam masala-1 tea spoon

Oil-3 table spoon

Salt

Corriander leaves- for garnish

Method:

1.Cut the cauliflower into small florets .Microwave them for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.

2.Finely chop onion, dice capsicum into medium sized pieces.

3.Heat oil in a kadai, fry onion until pink.Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes.

4.Add diced capsicum and continue to fry for a minute and add cauliflower florets.

5.Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder, cumin powder,garam masala and finally the salt and mix well.

6.Continue to saute or fry until the masala gives away the raw smell and the vegetables get cooked.

7.Garnish with corriander leaves and serve with rotis/ chappathis

Gobi capsicum fryServes:2

Its raining awards and tags in blogosphere.Parita and Sangi have honoured with the following awards and have also passed on a  tag.

kreativblogger

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one_lovely_blog The tag :

1.what is your current obsession?
Buying serving ware/ dinner ware

2. What are you wearing today?
Night pants and top

3. What’s for dinner?
Biryani with chips and raita

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
A lot of gifts for near and dear

5. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing, but the Wii game sound

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?

I think Parita should be a wonderful cook , what with all those appetizers, snacks and all and I love her dessert recipes.

Sangi is a great cook too.I have been drooling big time seeing her appetizers.She seems to be so calm and serene.


7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
How about one in every country?

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Cold water, cotton clothes

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
A tour of the 7 wonders of the world

10. Which language do you want to learn?
I already know Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and French.It would be nice to learn Kannada and Spanish.

11. Who do you want to meet right now?
My family

12. What is your favorite colour?
Blue


13. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?
My wedding sarees

14. What is your dream job?
Nothing like a dream job, want to have my own restaurant

15. What’s your favourite magazine?
Too many

16. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Buy something for TH

17. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Gaudy makeup,un co-ordinated colors,too tight/ too loose a clothing

18. Who are your style icons?
A couple of my friends

19. Describe your personal style?
Neat and simple

21. What are your favourite movies?
Too many to list

22. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:
Eyeliner, Lipgloss and comfortable clothes

23. Coffee or tea?
Neither, have never tasted coffee.May be tea very occasionally.

24. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
I talk to TH, cry to my heart’s content, say a silent prayer

25. What is the meaning of your name?
Goodness, wealth

26. Which other blogs you love visiting?
Too many to list here, a lot of them where I actively comment.

27. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Chocolat cake,rasmalai,Carrot halwa

28. Favorite Season?
Spring & summer, Fall&winter and snow ofcourse.


29.Which is your dream destination?

Switzerland

30: Which is your favorite international cuisine ?
Italian

31: Your favorite kitchen tool?

My little knife,mixer grinder- simply can’t do without them

My question: What is your signature dish?

The rules are:
Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Pass it on to fellow bloggers.I am going easy on this one and anyone reading my blog is free to take it up.And, Parita and Sangi, thank you once again.

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